Learn how!

Join us for this 2 day course on Risk Free Ranching: Starting from Scratch!

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All 24 spots have been taken. If you would like to be placed on the waiting list, please let me know!

Risk Free Ranching: Starting From Scratch
25-26 September 2015 (Friday and Saturday)
*Limited to 24 participants.

Greg Judy will be teaching a 2-day course on how to make a living from the land by grazing cattle, even if you don’t own any land! This course will be designed for the absolute beginner, although experienced graziers with their own land will undoubtedly learn a lot from Greg’s experience. Greg will show how we can revitalize hayed out, scruffy, weedy pastures, and turn them into highly productive grazing landscapes that grows both green grass and greenbacks!

Grazing!

Learn how to get started raising grassfed beef!

Course Details (specific information follows below)

  • Topics Covered in this Course
  • Who Should Take this Course?
  • Who is Greg Judy?
  • Course Location
  • Cost
  • Refund Policy
  • Participant Restrictions
  • Included in the Course
  • What to Bring
  • What NOT to Bring
  • Course Policies
  • Local Lodging
  • Camping at the Farm

 

Cattle

Greg Judy shares his proven techniques for managing grassfed animals.

Topics Covered in this Course:

  • Find idle pastureland to lease
  • Calculate the cost of a lease and write a contract
  • Develop good water on leased land
  • Figure costs for fencing
  • Benefits of High Density Rotational Grazing
  • High Density Rotational Grazing fencing techniques
  • Judy’s proven favorite fencing equipment
  • Diagrams for High Density Grazing fencing and paddock moves
  • Benefits of High Density Grazing
  • Winter Stockpiling – extend your grazing through the dormant winter period with minimal hay feeding
  • Developing grass-genetic cattle
  • Calving with High Stock Density Grazing
  • Lower risk through custom grazing
  • Multi-species grazing
  • Tree cropping – trees that provide food, shelter, shade for livestock, wildlife, and people
  • Promote wildlife and develop timber stands
  • Cutting costs
  • Keeping accurate records

 

Who Should Take this Course:

  • Beginning graziers seeking a way to get started in grass farming without capital
  • Experienced graziers wanting to expand their operations with little to no additional capital
  • Anyone who wants green fields that can be grazed year-round
  • Everyone who has profit as their goal yet values wildlife and the environment
Greg Judy will be teaching this practical, information packed course!

Greg Judy will be teaching this practical, information packed course!

Who is Greg Judy?
Greg Judy, the master of custom grazing, shows how to earn profits with little risk while using other people’s livestock on leased land.  With grain and fuel prices rising, Judy details how to work with nature without costly inputs, and let the animals be your labor force. He loves to share his successes as well as his mistakes to help others on the road to profit. By leasing land and cattle he went from 40 stockers to over 1100 head and was able to pay off his farm and home loan within three years. Today he has twelve farms totaling more than 1560 acres in Rucker, Missouri where he raises cattle, sheep, horses, goats, pigs, and chickens on grass pasture in balance with nature. He uses no antibiotics, no hormone implants, and no grain. His livestock graze rich pasture 100% of their lives.

Greg uses high density rotational grazing on his farm, which means he constantly moves the livestock to fresh rested pasture to graze and lets the previous grazed pasture rest so that it can grow back undisturbed. His pastures are rich in clovers and many species of natural grasses. He uses no chemical fertilizers or herbicides on any their pastures. Large populations of birds, ants, worms, butterflies, spiders & bees build soils and control pests.

His animals have clean fresh water every day. He fences around ponds to keep livestock out of them. The fish, frogs, and surrounding water animals thrive in this atmosphere. He values his wildlife which includes deer, bobcat, squirrel, fox, coyote, rabbit, turkey, quail, dove, hawks, owls, cranes, geese and many species of songbirds.

Grass is our most precious natural resource. The grass leaf is actually a solar collector that stores energy from the sun. Livestock possess the unique ability to convert this green blade of grass into healthy meat without the use of fossil fuel, and his livestock are happy to harvest their own forage year round.

A cow is a herbivore, they are designed to eat grass, not grain. Compared with grain-fed meat, grass-fed meats have 5 times more cancer-fighting CLA {conjugated linoleic acid}, four times more vitamin E, three times more heart-friendly omega-3s and twice as much beta carotene. It’s lower in total fat, saturated fat and calories as well. Fatty acids are essential (fats) in our diets and are required for a healthy body, but they must be in the correct proportion. That natural proportion has been seriously changed in this country due to the extensive grain feeding of livestock in the last 50 years. We are what we eat and we need balance in that consumption. Only way to get the correct proportions is to choose grass-fed animal products.

It is amazing how everything falls into place once you mimic Mother Nature.

 

The Bauernhof!

The rolling hills of the Bauernhof!

Course Location:

Bauernhof Kitsteiner
Bulls Gap, Tennessee, USA

The course will be held at the Bauernhof Kitsteiner. This is the new farm and homestead of John Kitsteiner and his family. John is the author and creator of the Temperate Climate Permaculture website (www.TCPermaculture.com). The 96-acre (38 hectare) farm is located in the rolling hills of the Ridge-and-Valley Province of eastern Tennessee, along the western edge of the Appalachians bordering the Blue Ridge Mountains. This farm is situated in what used to be the Oak-Chestnut Forest of eastern North America, but after the loss of the American Chestnut, these areas have shifted into an Oak-Hickory-Pine forest system. The farm is also situated within the Appalachian Mixed Mesophytic Forests ecoregion. According the the World Wildlife Fund (WWF):

This relatively small ecoregion contains a remarkable convergence of forest habitats, thus supporting a tremendous diversity of species, especially rich in reptiles, amphibians, and birds. It is a single mountain range, one of the oldest on Earth, encompassing almost every forest type that occurs in the eastern half of North America, from mixed deciduous forests in the lowlands to spruce-fir forests, similar to boreal forests 1,000 miles to the north.

The Appalachian mountain range has remained geologically stable since the Paleozoic Era – more than 245 million years ago. More than 158 tree species can be found here, ranking this ecoregion among the highest in North America for plant diversity.

Unfortunately, the land and forests at the Bauernhof have been degraded by overgrazing and poor management for many years. About half the property is in regrowth forest, and the other half is rolling hills.

 

Sheep

Greg Judy will share how he uses multi-species grazing systems (these are his hair sheep).

Cost:

  • Regular Cost if registration is between 1 July – 11 September 2015: $500 Per person
  • Late Registration if you sign up between 12-22 September: $550 Per Person
  • Registration closes on 23 September 2015.

SOLD OUT!
All 24 spots have been taken. If you would like to be placed on the waiting list, please let me know!

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Refund Policy:

  • 50% refund if request is made before 1 September 2015
  • No refunds if cancellation on or after 1 September 2015

 

Participant Restrictions:
Due to space limitations, we have to cap the course at 24 participants. If this is a course you are planning on attending, please don’t put off registration!

Grassfed cattle

Learn how to increase health and improve genetics.

Included in the Course:

  • All course material.
  • Breakfast and Lunch daily (on 25-26 September 2015).
  • Coffee and snacks all day long.
  • Free camping on the farm where the course is being held (see below for details on camping).
  • Limited transport to and from Knoxville Airport (McGhee Tyson Airport, TYS). Carriers that fly to Knoxville, TN include Allegiant, American Airlines/American Eagle, Delta, Frontier, United, US Airways. Please email ahead of time to arrange for transportation with us if needed. We will likely be able to provide 1-2 trips on 24 September afternoon/evening and 1-2 trips on 27 September morning.

What to Bring:

  • A good attitude, an open mind, and a willingness to learn!
  • Any writing material you desire (notepads, pens, highlighters, etc.)
  • Temperatures and precipitation in late September in eastern TN can fluctuate widely, so be prepared for warm, sunny days or cool, wet days. We will be getting out into the field a bit, so bring appropriate footwear.
  • Camping supplies if you plan on camping. See below.

 

What NOT to Bring:

  • Anything illegal!
  • A bad attitude!

 

Course Policies:

  • Video or audio recording will not be allowed for this course.
  • Photos are encouraged!

 

Our farm is located within an easy day's drive of a large portion of the eastern U.S.

Our farm is located within an easy day’s drive of a large portion of the eastern U.S.

Local Lodging:

 

There are many primitive camping locations on the farm.

Camping at the Farm:

  • We will have primitive camping available. No specific campsites, just camping on the hills/pastures/forests of the farm.
  • Plenty of water available.
  • There will be 2-3 bathrooms available. Only one shower available, so it will be first come, first serve.